I’ve always been proud of my community, and it’s nice to see others point tothe benefits of living in Winchester, VA. The August 2015 copy of Kiplinger’s magazine features Winchester, VA as one of the top 10 Great Places to Retire.
Many of my clients are soon-to-be retirees who come to find a bargain home in Winchester. I just spend a few days with a couple from Massachusetts. Before them, a couple drove in from Chicago. A Tennessean couple preceded them. It’s not just the low taxes that draw them in, but it’s an array of things.
Winchester, VA is 70 miles west of Washington, DC. It’s a commuter’s paradise, and for those who like to attend professional sporting events, we’re right next door to the home of the Nationals, Orioles, Redskins, Caps, Wizards, Mystics and D.C. United. If you like to compete, the Marie Corp Marathon is just down the road. The Shenandoah Valley also offers numerous triathlon and marathon opportunities along with mountain and road biking events.
The Kennedy Center is close by for entertaining, but in Winchester, the Shenandoah University offers a wide variety of music and theater options, and they are Broadway quality. The Summer Theater program entertains the community with outstanding productions of classic and modern musicals. I have never been disappointed. The student body is an extraordinarily talented group of soon to be professionals.
The cost of living in Winchester, VA is lower than many of her eastern neighbors. One of the areas that is most evident is real estate taxes. I’ve been shocked at the real estate taxes many of my buyers pay in their current communities. The most recent one was a whopping $900 a month real estate tax on his current home. The home he is buying will have a tax liability of $1041 per year. That’s a $9759 yearly savings. It’s like getting a raise.
The downtown walking mall hosts 30+ restaurants along with art galleries and specialty shops. It has been one of the most highly sought after areas for housing in Winchester. The street is lined with businesses with apartments over-top overlooking the variety of events that take place below. It’s a continually evolving world of fun.
Kiplinger got it right. Winchester, VA is a great place to retire to, and it’s getting better every year, but it’s also a great place to live for any age group. When you’re ready to starting look for housing in the Winchester, VA area, be sure to call your Cornerstone Business Group, Inc., real estate professionals. We are your local real estate sales pros.
Kipliner’s Personal Finance: Winchester, VA one of the 10 Great Places to Retire